November 6th, 2009
12:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin to keep low-profile on Wisconsin trip

Palin is keeping a low profile on her trip to Wisconsin Friday.
Palin is keeping a low profile on her trip to Wisconsin Friday.

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is set to deliver remarks at a Wisconsin Right to Life event Friday evening, one of the few speeches the former Republican vice presidential nominee will have given since she resigned the governorship last summer.

But Palin appears to be doing her best to keep a low profile on this trip: no press will be allowed into the Milwaukee auditorium where she will speak and those who have paid the $30 admittance fee are unable to carry in cell phones, cameras, laptops, or recording devices of any kind.

Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate told the Wisconsin Radio Network he finds all these restrictions "bizarre."

"You know, for someone who claims to be a rogue and isn't afraid of what other people think it really is sort of hypocritical to not let the media, the press cover your event."

Meanwhile Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus said he's excited Palin is coming to his state, but stressed the party has nothing to do with this event or its limitations.

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Palin's speech comes a day after a new national poll suggests the former Alaska governor may face some obstacles should she decide to run for the White House. According to the new Gallup survey, only about one in three Americans would seriously consider casting their vote for her.

The speech also comes a week and half before Palin's highly-anticipated memoir "Going Rogue: An American Life" is released. The Alaska Republican will commence a national book tour soon after and sit down for high-profile interviews with Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters.


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  1. Mark Voorhies

    Why is this strange, the Democrats in Washington will not let the press or the public into their hearings this week on health care. It seems they want to control the media when it fits their needs but when a private function is not covered they jump up and down. I find this behavior strange.

    November 6, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Pat

    since was this woman a presidential candidate? in the haste of getting any and all info out about this woman, one did not proofread the article! It is truly amazing how much press is given to someone so irrelevant.

    November 6, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. John

    Palin's book has become the latest bathroom book whose pages are soft enough to use when the toilet paper roll is on its final tab.

    November 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Kent

    This woman will do anything to get in the Media. even if it means blocking the media from her events.

    November 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Forrest Gerard

    Why should any voter, Democratice or Republican, take this woman seriously as a candidate for President of the United States. Her resume is slim and she bailed out as governor of Alaska when the going got tough.

    Sorry, as a life long Demo, I want any presidential candidate, regardless of political ideology, to have the academic, knowledge of govenment processes, sensitivity to domestic and international challenges and judgment to lead this great nation. Palin falls short in every category.

    November 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. SSP

    Who is Trig Palin's biological mom?

    November 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Dave

    Bizarre? Why? Everything the media has done to her has been disgraceful. They have relentlessy went after her family, falsely accused her of ethics violations (20 lawsuits this year alone when she was governor) and even reported that her own child actually belonged to her daughter.
    Honest/objective journalism is dead in this country, which is why we now have a marxist in the white house who hung out in terrorists' living rooms and who also attended a racist church for 20 years where the recurring theme was "GD America!".

    November 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Don

    Typical CNN. Comments open on Sarah Palin, but not about the Fort Hood massacre. A troubled man, perhaps, as I imagine most terrorists are.

    November 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Joe the Plumber

    CNN needs to fix this story. Palin didn't run for president, she ran for VICE president.

    November 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Richard

    Why is this bazarre? Obama has done this before. You guys sure seem to have it out for this woman with your anti-Palin tag lines and innuendos. I am not a big Palin fan but I find it humourous how anti Palin an "objective" news organization treats her.

    November 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Mark Overstreet

    Yep still a nut!!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Pat

    since when was this woman a presidential candidate? in the haste of getting any and all info out about this woman, one did not proofread the article! It is truly amazing how much press is given to someone so irrelevant.

    November 6, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Mark

    My god CNN and Palin

    November 6, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Greg

    Gee...I wonder WHY she doesn't want the press there. You guys treat her so fairly and all.

    And of course, you had to find a way to work even more conjecture in there about her running for President in 2012...I wasn't aware she had announced her candidacy yet. If you guys use up all of the nails you're putting in her coffin right now, what will you have last for future smears.

    Besides that...is it really News-worthy that a Democrat is criticizing something Sarah Palin did/said/thought? She could tell a Democrat "Good morning" and he would issue a rebuttal.

    November 6, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Minnesota nice

    That is really strange...what is she afraid of? Maybe messing up her lines or saying something she didn't mean to...or wanted to but shouldn't of...well thats never happened to her before :) People striving for political office can't have it both ways...the attention without the reporting/recording. She is so over her head it is just painful to watch...and to think some people see her in a positive light for high office is simply amazing. What's her supporters battle cry..."Lets put someone like us in charge?" Sorry, but that speaks poorly to the IQ of her supporters also. What happened to the Barry Goldwater Republicans that supported a balanced budget, protecting our environment, having a strong military and being socially responsible? If only we had William F Buckley around to defend what the Republican party was and communicate in an intelligent manner what the party should represent. The party has lost its way and now is a media circus...what a disappointment!

    November 6, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. Maureen Ferraro

    It feels absurd initially that she would not allow coverage,.... but then again, who cares what she has to say...its time the media stopped giving her air time.
    Maybe Palin realizes this herself and is doing us all a favour!

    November 6, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. tonyt

    Balloon Lady will speak and those who have paid the $30 admittance fee are unable to carry in cell phones, cameras, laptops, or recording devices of any kind.

    November 6, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. El;izabeth Ludwig

    Why does it come as a surprise to you that Plain probably could not win a national election? All you would have to do to campaign against her is run clips of her VP run – can we say vapid and vacuous. The press seems enamored with her because she is an attractive woman, but most thinking people look beyond the hemline. I have Rep. friends who are so tired of the coverage of her – they put her in the Brittany category, and for once I don't argue with them.

    November 6, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. RoadKill

    One in three Americans actually feel good that she is no smarter than they are. That she gives substance to thier irrational beliefs. Ignorance is bliss, anyone?

    November 6, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Chris

    "Bizarre"?

    How about passing a 1900+ page health care bill without reading it?

    November 6, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. PubsDaddy

    She should REALLY think about going away..REALLY..PLEASE Think about dropping out of public life..PLEASE!!

    November 6, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. John

    Barring the media is just a good way of getting media coverage. She knows that. If she didn't "ban the liberal media from slandering her" then there's no way that you would be reporting on the story. It's pathetic how easily politicians manipulate modern media.

    CNN, if you want to return to greatness, you need to focus more on actual investigative reporting and less on tabloid journalism.

    November 6, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. If wishes were horses,

    Whoever is taking this woman seriously, must ask themselves twice or more. What all this bizarre of wanting to be in public eyes and yet not ready to let people know what is her intentions!

    November 6, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Stevens

    The greatest obstacle for Palin might be the common sense of the american people. But then again, there is no country in the western hemisphere that is more religious than the good old USA.
    In that regard, it is lagging behind the rest of the western world,where religion is no longer an issue.

    November 6, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Nobody

    Of course no media is allowed and no recording devices of any sort. She doesn't want any one to be able to quote her ... you betcha! Wink, wink. And about "her" book ... I think she misread the title and thought it really said "Going Rouge..."

    November 6, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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